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Father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden says his son has more secrets to share

Father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden says his son has more secrets to share

The father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden said Wednesday that his son has more secrets to share, and that staying in Russia allows his son “to continue to push these issues forward.”

From Reuters:

Father Lon Snowden spoke at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York shortly after returning to the United States from a weeklong visit with his son in Moscow. It was the first time they saw one another since Edward Snowden, an ex-National Security Agency contractor, was given temporary asylum in Russia earlier this year after leaking sensitive data on U.S. security agencies’ operations.

Asked what he told his son during the visit, Snowden told reporters: “To stay, but that’s my advice. It’s not necessarily what my son will do. He’s comfortable. He’s happy. And he’s absolutely committed to what he has done.”

[…]  “There’s much more to be shared,” Lon Snowden said.

Staying in Russia, Snowden said, allows his son “to continue to push these issues forward, to make sure the true story is told.”

“He’s not a fugitive. He’s a legal asylee of the Russian Federation and the press needs to get that right and I think our government understands that at this point.”

As he returned to the US after the visit with his son in Russia, Lon Snowden criticized certain members of Congressional intelligence committees and NSA officials, saying “those individuals, they were responsible for oversight, they’ve done anything but. They’ve either been negligent or complicit and nobody is looking at them because the government doesn’t want to take a look at it.”


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“those individuals, they were responsible for oversight, they’ve done anything but. They’ve either been negligent or complicit”

Boy, he hit the nail on the head there! Add fast and furious, IRS, Benghazi, GM bailout, the Green taxpayer rip-off, and on and on and on.

Except for Cruz and Lee they are all the same hucksters. They get themselves on Greta and bluster, then sit back and watch as we gullible Americans send them money to encourage them and help in the fight they never really intend to fight. They STINK !

In 2014 it will be time to run as many of these people out of office as humanly possible. We are at war over the future of America, but first we will have to win the battle for control of our party.

We WANT our intelligence agencies spying on other countries, and most of what Snowden revealed was damaging to US by revealing that sort of spying. If he had only revealed the breaking of our personal freedoms guaranteed as citizens, maybe he could play hero.

Just because Russia makes him an official asylee, doesn’t mean he is not a traitor to the US. I’m not sure the US has officially designated him a “fugitive”, but it seems an appropriate designation for someone afraid he will get nabbed if he flies to another country. He fled to escape arrest.

    But we DONT want the agencies to spy on us. Why should the NSA be tracking the posts on this website? Because they can is not an answer.

    The damage caused to this country by the government spying on citizens is far worse than the damage caused by any revelations of methods used on other countries. Far worse.

      Midwest Rhino in reply to Sanddog. | October 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      That seems hard to measure, but it feels like “they” could blackmail anyone they want, either directly or through family. And that would perhaps best explain actions from Justice Roberts, and other sellouts, as well as anything else.

      Even without actual blackmail, the mere threat of the IRS or Holder or EPA, and now NSA, is repressive. And none of those leftists that have lied to Congress are brought to justice, and are usually promoted.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Midwest Rhino. | October 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    There would be no more than :47 people outside of America who did not believe America spied on everyone.

    Only Americans are surprised they are targets also.

    But as each day goes by more & more people think Americans are sort of stupid anyhow.

    If they can’t manage a few million ACA enquiries how would they filter all the stuff out there?

    I think we don’t care .

Another Voice | October 17, 2013 at 1:59 pm

A contest it isn’t, but if there were two people pointed at for doing the most harm to our country and it’s citizens in domestic and international financial markets and leadership domestic and international world standing, it would be Obama. He has fundamentally neutered both within and without on his mission to be a omnipresent on the world stage. Young Snowdon, rightfully or wrongfully, has only exposed the arms, means and complicity of Obama and his administrations’ heightened agenda of total federal control with use of 3rd world subversive tactics.

Given that the government is known for persecuting Americans for political disagreements, I think its high time that this site implement SSL for everything. It is ridiculous that everything is done over the open internet without encryption.

At one time I might have felt that Snowdon was a traitor or an enemy of the country. Now, I am concerned that our government has become so bad that I don’t feel as if it represents me, my interest, my ability to gain and preserve wealth or any other measure of reliability to its citizens. Those that are productive are demonized. Those that simply want to live their lives in freedom are constrained at every turn. Snowdon is more closely resembling a hero in a coming terrible conflict.

They must be really important secrets…

Not urgent or anything…

Just good for dragging out the spotlight and keeping up the marketing for the future book.

He didn’t see his son!

He’s tried before. But then he had his wife with him. No. his wife is NOT Ed Snowden’s mom!

This time he traveled without “that” baggage.

Son is not interested in see his dad go on TV.

Journalists would give their eye teeth to get an exclusive interview with Ed Snowden!

Ahead? Glenn Greenwald is in touch with Snowden. And, perhaps, that will be stuff he reports on ahead. When? March 2014 Greenwald’s new book should hit the market.